Bengals running back Cedric Benson was sentenced to 20 days in jail on Monday after setting two misdemeanor assault cases. The veteran back out of Texas says he will turn himself in to authorities on Oct. 17 — at the start of the Bengals’ bye week. But unless Benson plans to skip Cincinnati’s Week 8 game on Oct. 30 at Seattle, he still will not have served his entire sentence, meaning he could be forced to spend more time in jail in the future.
Benson can be a respectable No. 2 option at running back in most leagues, although the suspect Cincy offense should make you wary of drafting him too early. Chances are, the powers that be will work something out allowing him to serve his sentence without missing any game action. But if you have drafted (or are planning to draft) Benson, you will definitely want to keep an eye on his incarceration situation. And if you want some insurance, a late round handcuff pick on Bernard Scott could put some of your fears to rest.